On December 24th, Piers Morgan made some extremely controversial comments about the Bible. The context of his conversation with Rick Warren was centered on the subject of gay marriage and the separation of Church and State. Morgan is an outspoken supporter of the homosexual agenda. During the interview conversation with Rick Warren he said, “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it.” While Morgan’s statements could draw attention on several different levels, one extremely important point that should be addressed is centered on his comments regarding the Bible.
The fact that Morgan rejects the inerrancy of the Bible is nothing new in our post-modern culture, but as a consistent intellectual in the field of journalism, he should consider rethinking his position. For instance, how would Morgan like it if I took the following statement that he made and “amended” it with new language that ultimately changed his meaning?
Using the statement that Morgan made on Christmas Eve with Rick Warren, “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it.” Suppose that 500 years later someone read his transcript and decided to “amend” his words to say, “Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned
but [and] they are basically, inherently flawed [true] documents. Hence, the need to amend it [preserve the documents in order to guard their original meaning].” I don’t think that Morgan would agree with those alterations. The question for Morgan is this, “Why do you insist that people honor your intended meaning while you play with historical documents and sacred Scriptures like a clump of Play-Doh?”
As a professional in the world of journalism, Morgan is practicing intellectual dishonesty by suggesting the Bible and our nation’s Constitution should be amended and reshaped to form the desired meaning of our culture rather than the intended meaning of the original authors. It has been said that men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them. Before he approaches the Word of God like a clump of Play-Doh, he should consider the following facts about the Bible:
- Written by 40 different authors
- Complied over 1500 years
- 66 total books
- 39 books in the OT and 27 books of the NT
- The Old Testament contains 3,808 different claims to be the Word of God
- The Old Testament contains 2,600 direct claims to be inspired by God
- The New Testament contains at least 1,000 different references to the Old Testament
In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul wrote the following words about the Scriptures, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The words, “breathed out by God” are translated from the Greek word, “θεόπνευστος” which literally means, “the contents of Scripture are inspired by God.” The commentary on this verse is found in 2 Peter 1:20-21. This verse has in mind the totality of the Scriptures, not just some of the Bible. Therefore, the intended meaning of Paul was the intended meaning of God – and nobody, including Piers Morgan, has the authority to amend the text.
Basil Manley Jr., one of the four founding faculty members of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was asked to explain his view of biblical inspiration one day. He responded by saying, “The Bible as a whole is the Word of God, so that in every part of Scripture there is both infallible truth and divine authority.”
Before Piers Morgan authors a new Bible for our present culture, he should be reminded that one day he will stand before the God of the Bible. On that day he will not be able to amend God and His final judgment. Piers Morgan is not the first man to reject the Bible and he will not be the last. However, Piers Morgan and all others will one day bow to Jesus Christ and call Him Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). On that day, God’s Word will serve as ultimate authority without amendment.
Psalm 119:89 – Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Pastor Josh Buice